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Consumer confidence reaches six-year high


Consumer confidence hit a six-year high this month, The Conference Board reported.

The research organization’s Consumer Confidence Index rose three points to 85.2 in June, the highest reading since early 2008, from 82.2 in May (1985=100). The Present Situation Index increased to 85.1 from 80.3, while the Expectations Index rose to 85.2 from 83.5 in May.

The cutoff date for preliminary results from the monthly Consumer Confidence Survey, done for The Conference Board by Nielsen, was June 13.

“Consumer confidence continues to advance and the index is now at its highest level since January 2008 (87.3),” said Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at The Conference Board. “June’s increase was driven primarily by improving current conditions, particularly consumers’ assessment of business conditions. Expectations regarding the short-term outlook for the economy and jobs were moderately more favorable, while income expectations were a bit mixed. Still, the momentum going forward remains quite positive.”

Consumers’ appraisal of current conditions improved in June. Those claiming business conditions are “good” increased to 23.0% from 21.1%, while those stating business conditions are “bad” decreased to 22.8% from 24.6%.

Consumers’ assessment of the job market was also more favorable. Those stating jobs are “plentiful” edged up to 14.7% from 14.2%, while those claiming jobs are “hard to get” declined to 31.8% from 32.2%.

Consumers’ expectations were generally more positive in June. The percentage of consumers expecting business conditions to improve over the next six months increased to 18.8% from 17.7%. However, those expecting business conditions to worsen increased to 11.4% from 10.7%.

Consumers also were more positive about the outlook for the labor market. Those anticipating more jobs in the months ahead increased to 16.3% from 15.2%, while those anticipating fewer jobs edged down to 18.7% from 18.9%. Fewer consumers expect their incomes to grow, 15.9% versus 18.0%, but those expecting a drop in their incomes also declined, to 12.1% from 14.5%.


Source: Furniture Today

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